Just in Time for the London 2012 Olympics :: The Café Royal Hotel
When is a café not a café? When it suddenly decides it will become a hotel. That's what's about to happen to London landmark the Café Royal which is going to become a new luxury hotel ... we're not sure what it'll be called yet, so for now we're dubbing it (very logically) the Café Royal Hotel.
On Regent Street in the heart of a glamorous part of London, the new hotel will have 160 rooms and is planned to be ready in time for the 2012 Olympics, with speculation already building that VIPs like the International Olympic Committee could stay there.
The Café Royal has an impressive history, dating back to the 1860s, and apparently Oscar Wilde used to be a regular guest in their Grill Room. The new version is part of a 125-year lease of the building for £90 million (US$165m)--without knowing how much the renovation will cost, we're already a little scared of the room rates.